Railroad projects received funds for system repair

 

February 22, 2024



A Kyle Railroad project in Cloud County is among 17 short line railroad projects in Kansas to receive grants through the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Rail Service Improvement Program. Gov. Laura Kelly said nearly $16.5 million will go toward the expansion and rehabilitation projects with the goal of improving the state’s agriculture supply chain.  

The recipients will use the funds for expansion and capacity improvements, major track rehabilitation, and rail replacement.

State funding will be enhanced by a 30 percent match from each recipient, resulting in a total rail infrastructure investment of more than $23.5 million. The program received 26 applications requesting more than $39 million in total costs. 

“Rail service lessens the number of trucks that would otherwise be on local roads and Kansas highways, which reduces roadway maintenance and rehabilitation needs,” said Calvin Reed, secretary of transportation.

Summit Sustainable Ingredients in Phillips County received $1,436,595 for expansion and capacity improvements. The Kyle Railroad received $811,440 for major rehabilitation work in Cloud County. Midway Co-op, received $422,835 for rehabilitation in Smith County.

 

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